Early Childhood Education

The Master of Education in early childhood education degree allows you to specialize in teaching children during the all-important years between birth and age eight. You will emerge among your peers as an expert in dealing with linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom.

We realize that your schedule can be hectic. Our master's program can be completed in two years, even while working full-time—giving you new methods and resources to use in the classroom right away. 



  • Master of Education with Early Childhood Endorsement – 36 hours
  • Early Childhood Endorsement only – 30 hours


A valid elementary teaching credential is required if an early childhood education endorsement is desired.

Program Overview

The Master of Education with an Early Childhood Emphasis is a good choice for students who are interested in advanced study in the field of early childhood education (birth through grade 3). This 36-hour program of study includes eligibility for an early childhood endorsement for those candidates who hold a teaching certificate.

This program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition the program design conforms to the guidelines prescribed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Concordia offers this program in a cohort format; a small group, or cohort, takes the same classes at the same time. This format fosters life-long, professional relationships and offers invaluable peer support. Courses take eight weeks to complete. Classes are offered online. Students will finish the program in two years.


Graduate students who complete this program will be able to:

  1. Articulate and demonstrate a clear and advanced understanding of child development and child psychology;
  2. Establish and maintain an environment that ensures children’s safety and their healthy development
  3. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum activities that advance all areas of children’s development and learning including social, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and aesthetic components.
  4. Increase skill and knowledge of techniques that assist the young child in language development and emergent literacy.
  5. Understand and process the current research and issues in early childhood education.
  6. Understand and promote the need to establish supportive relationships with children in implementing developmentally appropriate techniques of guidance and group management.
  7. Understand and promote the importance of establishing positive, productive relationship with families.
  8. Support the uniqueness of each child, recognizing that children are best understood in the context of their family, culture, and society.
  9. Develop a cultural awareness and appreciation for diversity and individual differences including race, gender, socio-economic status, language, and special needs.
  10. Develop an increased awareness and proficiency in organizing and managing an early childhood center striving for high standards of NAEYC/LCMS accreditation.
  11. Understand, promote, and implement techniques for developmentally appropriate assessment of young children’s learning.
  12. Promote the need to implement a positive team approach to working with other professionals and support staff.
  13. Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the early childhood profession and make a commitment to professionalism, including continuous personal professional growth.

Master of Education with early childhood emphasis

Course Notes:

  • EDUC 574 Early Childhood Program Organization and Management
  • EDUC 594 Research Evaluation and Design
  • EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
  • PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 578 Infants and Toddlers: Development, Methods, Curriculum, & Assessment (Birth-3).
  • EDUC 565 The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development
  • EDUC 580 Pre-Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages three through five)
  • EDUC 650 Family and Culture
  • EDUC 583 Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages six through eight)

Note: Students must complete a total of 90 hours of approved clinical field experience in licensed and preferably accredited programs during this portion of their program.

  • 30 hours with infants and toddlers
  • 30 hours in a pre-primary setting
  • 30 hours in a primary setting